Do vertical organisations attract narcissists?

By AIM Education & Training

Some people remember the phrase "employer of choice" from the dot com boom of the early '90s. In many advanced nations it was a time of low employment, where companies couldn't find candidates, let alone find the talent at the right price.

Always be recruiting, even when you aren’t hiring

By Tudor Marsden-Huggins, Managing Director of Employment Office

With the unemployment rate hovering around the 6% mark, it’s clear there are candidates out there, actively looking for work. 

But speak to any hiring manager and they’ll tell a different story – that good people are hard to find, and the skills shortage we’ve been hearing about for years is a reality reaching crisis point for organisations across the country.

Aiming high: are stretch targets the answer to gender inequality?

By Susan Muldowney

What is a stretch target?

More ambitious than targets and less restrictive than quotas, stretch targets are about pushing the boundaries of what may be possible. They allow organisations to signal their goal and seek creative solutions to achieve gender balance at every level of a business.

How do they work?

Flying in formation: 7 tips for managing team dynamics

Guest post by Karen Gately

How well do the people on your team get along?  Do they trust each other?  Do they respect and value one another?  Now reflect on the impact the quality of relationships across your team has on the performance of your business.  How well are you able to leverage the full potential of your people because they work with a spirit of cooperation?  To what extent are you tapping into the diverse perspectives, skills and experience your team offer because people are able to collaborate?

The Generation Game: who’s booming now?

By AIM Senior Research Fellow Dr Samantha Johnson

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. George Orwell

Hey there, Gen Ys and Gen Zs, how are you going working with the Gen Xs and Baby Boomers?  Are you tearing your hair out coping with old fashioned views and approaches to work and life? 

Four signs your workplace is mentally unwell

Guest post by Jessica Klein at wattsnext

Workplace culture can impact the mental health and wellbeing of your employees. I don’t think that’s rocket science to most of us, but how do you know if your culture may be harming your employees?

Here are four warning signs to look out for according to Heads Up.

Warning Sign 1: Staff eat lunch at their desk.

"Not another pinball machine" - It's time to rethink workplace benefits

"The cubicle farm is dead. Long live the office of the future."

That seems to be the call to arms for many firms that are starting to offer new office spaces that are more than just cubicle farms. After companies like Google set the bar with a wide range of employee benefits that place the focus on fun and well-being, many companies are now following suit.

Great workplaces grow considerably faster than their competitors while also seeing lower staff turnover.

Can’t get no satisfaction: the effects of low morale

By Hamish Williams

Measuring morale can be a difficult task, particularly in large organisations. The enthusiasm of your employees can change from one individual to the next and from one team to the next. For the most part, it’s up to individual managers to monitor their direct reports and determine if they see a shift in behaviour. It’s also generally up to individual managers to remedy the situation in a manner they feel is appropriate, perhaps through a casual catch up or some strategically placed praise.

Will they stay or will they go now? 3 tips to retain your managers

It's not often The Clash and human resources have much in common, but those words from the early 80s still reflect a lot of the uncertainty HR departments face when attempting to retain valuable managers within their organisation.

There are good reasons to make manager retention a priority. According to research from Roy Morgan, only 49 per cent of Australian workers had no plans to leave their current role in 2015. Even those who are satisfied with their current roles are considering whether they should move, with 1.58 million Australians falling into this category.


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